Welcome to our Geshe & Advanced Topics course schedule
These include courses taught by our resident Tibetan teacher (translated into English) and more advanced courses taught by other teachers. It is recommended that you have a good grasp of the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy as these courses can be quite challenging.
Motivated to Meditate: Stabilising Shamatha Retreat with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven Tsondru
“The wisdom arising from meditation is not only through investigation but also from familiarisation so that it is something living, it automatically develops, and that is the counterforce [to mental afflictions]. In order to achieve that, our mind must be controlled, not by force, but by mental effort, which only comes voluntarily, never through force. That single-pointed mind you call ‘shamatha’. The Heart Sutra mentions, ‘gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate.’ Unless you experience single-pointed meditation, the ‘gate, gate’ is meaningless. So if you’re really serious about ‘gate, gate’ (‘go, go’), then you must start the practice … This is very important — a single-pointed mind.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the topic of Shamatha in Washington DC, July 11 2011.
Stabilise your Shamatha practice or kick start it. Join Geshe Tsultrim for these inspiring teachings on the benefits of Shamatha. Ven. Tsondru will skilfully weave practical advice and mediations around Geshela’s teachings to create a powerful experiential weekend of meditation.
Friday 18 November 6.30 pm – Sunday 20 November 3.30 pm held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $150. 10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 9.30 am on the day of the event. All bookings can be made on our website www.chenrezig.com.au.
Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim was born in Tibet in 1969. At the age of 14 he became a monk at Sera Je Monastery in India, where he was awarded his Geshe degree (the equivalent of a doctorate in Buddhist studies) in 2005. He then spent a further two years studying tantra at Gyume Tantric Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the Dharma.
Advanced Study Programme at Chenrezig Institute
Offering intensive study for serious students and creating FPMT teachers!
The Advanced Study Programme offered at Chenrezig Institute is a comprehensive, practice oriented course of Buddhist Study for both ordained and lay students wishing to extend their understanding of Buddhist thought and to receive a qualification which will enable them to become teachers within FPMT centres.
Currently we are following the FPMT Basic Programme, a five-year course of study designed by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Three full rounds of the subjects have already been completed at the centre, as well as an extended two-year study of Madhyamika at the higher Masters Programme Level.
Teachings are with our resident teacher, Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim, personally chosen for Chenrezig Institute by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, with his experienced interpreter and Basic Programme graduate, Ven Kartson (aka Yaki Platt), who is also assisting with tutorials.
Our presentation of the Basic Programme is special, and unique in this area, since we are able to offer intensive in house teachings in modules of between four to eight weeks, although some subjects like the Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra and the Graduated Path to Enlightenment may be studied over 2 or even up to five of these modules. Teachings and tutorials are offered four days per week (for between 22 and 28 weeks of the year) and are complemented by group discussion and regular meditation.
Recommended attendance is full-time – attending all sessions and tests, but we do allow casual and part-time attendance where this is not possible. Please discuss this with the coordinator. It is also recommended to attend all subjects in the order they are offered for the best results, but students are permitted to attend individual modules. Homestudy packages of all subjects are available in case students wish to complete some subjects at home and others at the centre.
In line with Lama Zopa’s advice, all students are also recommended to make merit through taking part in regular service and to make their study time joyful and beneficial by applying the teachings to their meditations and behaviour. Students are able to stay on site and involve themselves in all the other spiritual practices of a busy dharma centre.
It should be clear to all that this programme is advanced study for students who have some basic understanding of Buddhist Principles and who wish to apply themselves seriously to the sometimes complex material taught. The teaching assistant and senior students will support newer students along the way as much as possible and materials from previous courses are made available both for preparation prior to attending the courses, and for clarification during the study time.
FPMT’s Basic Programme offers nine core subjects:
- Mind and Cognition
- Buddhist Tenets
- A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
- The Graduated Path to Enlightenment
- The Heart Sutra
- Mahayana Mind Training (Wheel of Sharp Weapons)
- The Sublime Continuum
- The Fourth Chapter of the Ornament of Clear Realisation
- The Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra – the Lower Tantras and Highest Yoga Tantra
Plus three supplementary subjects
- Seventy Topics
- Death Intermediate State and Rebirth (the Three Kayas)
- A Highest Yoga Tantra Commentary
In addition Chenrezig Institute complements these subjects with:
- Collected Topics
- Sutra Grounds and Paths
- Signs and Reasoning
Homestudy? If you simply can’t get to the centre regularly but would still like a course of study to follow, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We can send details of intermediate level study ie Discovering Buddhism modules or more advanced study ie Basic Programme packages you can work through in your own time at your own leisure. We also have a lovely package made from one of the January Lam Rim Down Under retreats, suitable for any level.
Download information on Homestudy options HERE
Plans for 2016 and beyond:
During this fourth round of the Advanced Study Programme, we have already covered Collected Topics, Buddhist Tenets, Mind and Cognition, The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life and Sublime Continuum. We continue with:
4th Chapter of the Ornament for Clear Realisation
Maitreya’s Ornament of Clear Realizations is the root text for the study of the levels of realization leading to enlightenment according to the Madhyamika school. This important scripture, traditionally the basis for extensive study in the monastic curriculum, made explicit these levels which were otherwise presented in only a hidden manner in the Buddha’s Perfection of Wisdom teachings.
The 4th Chapter, Complete Preparation, on which we focus, describes the bodhisattva’s meditation on the 173 aspects of the three exalted knowers through a union of calm abiding and special insight, for the purpose of attaining mastery over these aspects.
Again we have divided this subject into two blocks with a short break for study and reflection.
Part One 26th Sept – 28th Oct (5 weeks)
Part Two 10th Nov –25th Nov (just under 3 weeks)
Course fee for both modules $560 (10% members discount, Sangha free of charge)
Download registration form HERE
Modules in 2017 will be devoted to an extensive study of Lam Rim
Although of course it is best to follow this programme in full, individual Advanced Study Programme modules are open to everyone. Why not join us for one of the shorter modules like four weeks of powerful thought transformation with The Wheel of Sharp Weapons or even consider a full year of intensive study of Lam Rim the Graduated Path to Enlightenment?
(note: FPMT Basic Programme certification requires satisfactory completion of at least the nine core subjects, sitting for the final BOP examination plus a three-month retreat commitment)
Booking in advance for all courses is essential. Please download the full information pack HERE and the registration form for the course you plan to attend (see individual course information). Return this as quickly as possible to email@example.com. You will then be sent a link to make your booking with any application discount.
Sangha are offered these teachings free of charge but are also asked to send their registration to the coordinator as early as possible.
We are also committed to helping those in financial need to attend so contact the coordinator to discuss any financial issues.
Please contact the coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org to request a registration form and further information about the courses if you have any problem downloading these materials.